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Sensei is getting ready for the Houston Seminar and the Embukai that they have planned. He needs to do a 10 minute demonstration, which we worked on a little bit last night. It's pretty cool: Sensei has developed a "one handed" tenchinage throw that is really rather compelling. You don't have much choice but to go and take the fall. Tenchi means "Heaven and Earth" and usually one hand is high (heaven) and the other is low (Earth). But in this technique, one hand is first one thing and then the other.
Kind of his own creation, as he's never seen anyone else do it. I'm curious to hear what Kato Shihan thinks of it?
So, first half of the class, we worked on the demonstration stuff, and we all took ukemi for it.
Second half of class, I worked with Ben Rodriquez, a new student. He should be testing in a month or so. We went back to square one and started at katate dori ikkyo and went over the technique, omote and ura, a good number of times. On the shomenuchi, even I had confusion on that one. Before, doing AAA style, we never did ikkyo from a shomenuchi attack... ever! It was always off of a grab. So now I feel like I'm learning a whole new MA or something.
Things started to click and come together though. The foot work was throwing me off, but I think that is all "re-wired" now. Was a good class all in all.